The plot has thickened in this seemingly ongoing Saudi takeover saga as Richard Keys’ (BeIN Sports) relationship with an influential Garry Hoffman comes under the microscope.
Who is Gary Hoffman you may ask? Well, he is a former Barclays banker who was appointed the Premier League’s Chairman on June 1st.
Suspicious timing when you look at the turn of takeover events we’ve experienced since then, and even more suspicious when you hear what Richard Keys has had to say about his “very good friend” below.
Given Keys is a Qatari-based journalist working for BeIN Sports (strong opponents to this Saudi buyout) and has made it abundantly clear he’s against this NUFC takeover, the following clip makes you wonder to what extent did their relationship influence this deal?
Not only that, this relationship he boasts about with the man he knows “very well” seems all the more intriguing given the amount of inside knowledge he’s claimed to have had on the takeover over the past few months. A potential breach of NDA’s? A conflict of interests?
The latter seems very possible when you consider the Premier League have just hired someone whose ex-employers at Barclays are in the middle of a legal dispute with Amanda Staveley’s PCP!
Add into this the fact Keys has been erasing some of the comments he’s made detailing his relationship with Hoffman and it’s not a good look at all – for him, Hoffman, the Premier League or Qatar/BeIN Sport.
He will point the finger at piracy, but this stinks of a conflict of interests and points to something many of us have feared all this time – the Premier League don’t ideally want this deal to go through and have allowed themselves to be influenced by parties outside their remit, not simply focus on this pass or fail test that should be completely objective.
Who knows, but a lot of the above does not sit right with me and should be investigated.